Erie Shutout in Guelph 5-0
Guelph, ON – The Erie Otters were shutout for the first time this season as the Guelph Storm end the Otters ten game win streak with a 5-0 decision at the Sleeman Centre Sunday night.
The Otters could not beat Guelph starting goaltender Matthew Mancina, who stopped 20 shots on the way to his second shutout in two nights.
Guelph got on the board first with early in the first period when Robby Fabbri notched his 18th of the season, beating Devin Williams to the short side. Erie was outshot 15-4 in the first period, but only trailed 1-0 at the intermission.
Guelph had appeared to take a 2-0 lead after a power play goal from Jason Dickinson, but after review the goal was waved off keeping the score at 1-0 Guelph. That wouldn’t last too long as the Scott Kosmachuk netted his first of the night shorthanded, giving the Storm a 2-0 lead into the third period.
Guelph kept the insurance goals coming in the third period with Brock McGinn and Jason Dickinson scoring in the first four minutes of the period. Kosmachuk picked up his second of the night at 6:18, giving Guelph their five goal lead. Even with a late five-on-three power play opportunity, the Otters could not solve the Storm netminder Mancina who held on for the 5-0 victory.
The Otters suffered their first shutout since December 8, 2012 when Garret Sparks shutout the Otters in Erie for the Storm. Dane Fox had his goal scoring streak come to an end at ten games, setting a new franchise record breaking Brad Boyes old mark of nine games.
The Otters will enjoy a break until December 28th, when they’ll travel to Kitchener to face the Rangers.